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Jordy Mercer could be available off bench Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer could be available off the bench for Saturday's game against the Brewers, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Mercer is getting treatment before the game and he'll attempt to participate in pregame activities. He had to be removed from Friday's game due to ankle discomfort.

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Jenrry Mejia to attempt bullpen session Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia will attempt to throw a bullpen session Saturday before determining whether he can make Monday's scheduled start, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

Mejia was supposed to throw his bullpen session Friday but it's been pushed back at least a day. He had to leave his last start with a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand, putting his availability for Monday's start in doubt.

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Nelson Cruz carries Orioles in defeat to Red Sox
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Nelson Cruz was pretty much the entire offense for the Orioles on Saturday in a loss to Boston. His run-scoring singles in the first in sixth innings kept his team in a 2-2 tie and gave him 11 RBI on the season. They represented the only two runs his team scored.

Cruz now boasts a stat line of .269/.359/.446.

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David Ortiz homers in Saturday win
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz celebrated his return to the lineup from a day off in style on Saturday. He blasted in the fourth inning to help his team defeat the Orioles.

Ortiz had already singled in the first. His 2-for-4 day raised his batting average to .239.

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Max Scherzer earns first win over Angels
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer continued his solid string of starts to open the season Saturday, and finally picked up his first win against the Angels.

Scherzer tossed seven strong innings in the win, allowing just one run on a first-inning solo home run. He gave up just one hit while walking two batters, and he racked up nine strikeouts while throwing 70 of 111 pitches for strikes in a 5-2 win.

Scherzer has a 2.33 ERA after four starts, but had received just five total runs of support entering Saturday and had yet to win. He is now 1-1 heading into his next start, scheduled for Thursday against the White Sox. 

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Evan Meek back on the mound for Baltimore
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Orioles reliever Evan Meek returned from an illness Saturday to pitch for his team against the Red Sox. He gave up a hit and walk in a scoreless eighth. It was his first appearance since Tuesday.

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Adam Eaton returns to starting lineup Saturday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton was in the starting lineup Saturday against the Rangers.

Eaton left Friday's game due to a lower body injury, but it was not thought to be serious. He's started in center field and hit leadoff. 

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Koji Uehara nails down save with another shutout inning
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

That's seven appearances and counting for Red Sox closer Koji Uehara without yielding a run. He earned his fourth save Saturday with a shutout inning against the Orioles.

Uehara struck out the side in the ninth, which was marred only by a leadoff walk to Matt Wieters. It was the first walk Uehara has surrendered this season, but he has yet to yield a run in seven innings.

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Jeremy Hellickson experiences setback
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson experienced a slight setback, according to the Tampa Bay Times

Hellickson experienced some arm soreness, and was shut down for three days. He plans to play catch Sunday in order to gauge the injury. Hellickson is recovering from an elbow injury. 

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C.J. Wilson hurt by longball in loss
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson fell to .500 Saturday, in a 5-2 loss to the Tigers.

Wilson made it through five innings, and had to pitch himself out of plenty of trouble in that time. He was charged with three earned runs and one unearned run, while giving up seven hits -- including two home runs -- and three walks. Wilson struck out four batters while throwing 63 of 111 pitches for strikes.

Wilson is 2-2 through four starts, with a pair of losses bookending his two quality start wins. He has a 4.21 ERA in 25 2/3 innings of work heading into his next start, set for Friday against the Yankees. 

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